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Recipe For Community
21 Jan 2015
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The beauty of the Recipe for Community project lies in its simplicity: a weekly meeting of two groups that would otherwise not have the opportunity to spend time together and develop relationships. For the third year of this partnership project, children from the University of Melbourne Early Learning Centre and adults with different ranges of abilities from Interact Australia met weekly to make art together at Abbotsford Convent. The project brought artists together with the two groups to focus on collaborative artmaking and purposeful outcomes in the form of books that could be shared to support messages of friendship, inclusion, empathy and celebration of diversity. 

Sipping ‘cinos at the convent’s cafes made the group visible and connected them to a wider network and community. The project took on a much broader scope in 2014 with What’s your recipe?, an exhibition that invited the wider Abbotsford Convent community to join the conversation through a collaborative exhibition at St Heliers St. Gallery. Artists Lauren Simmonds, Ryan Granger, Wendy Golden, Avis Gardner and Miriam Butcher brought their ingredients for connecting people. 

2014 was the third and final year of the Recipe for Community project, supported by the City of Yarra Investing in Communities program. This represents a significant journey for everyone, especially for Interact participants Bobby, Ross, and Kirky who have been a part since the start. 

The project has dissolved barriers between people as relationships have been formed through genuinely joyful interactions. All who have been involved in the project and the exhibition have benefitted and horizons have been expanded. The third publication, Our Recipe for Community, 2014 is a testament to the journey over these three years, and hopefully will serve as inspiration for further projects that hope to enrich lives.

Watch the short film about the project here - Recipe For Community

Children Disability Young People CACD Multi-disciplinary Music Play Storytelling Visual Arts Writing Artist CACD practitioner Collaborator Facilitator Advocacy abilities all artmaking arts community connection inclusion social
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